It’s crunch-time in the Currie Cup, with only semi-finals and finals remaining but only one of the four semi-final sides, the Blue Bulls have a clean bill of health on their 22 squad players.
DHL Western Province have been dealt a double blow ahead of their semi-final against the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park with Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg injured and ruled out of the weekend’s clash.
Andries Bekkerhas injured a toe on his right foot whereas Tiaan Liebenberg has sustained a back injury. Both players will consult specialists this week to determine the exact extent of the damage.
At the Golden Lions, Lionel Mapoe injured himself in the closing minutes of the Blue Bulls match on Saturday and Deon van Rensburg is the other doubtful player to make the semi-final. The exact nature and extent of these 2 injuries are yet unknown.
At the Sharks, Odwa Ndungane is out with an ankle injury and won’t face his twin brother Akona when the Sharks and Blue Bulls do battle in Durban on Saturday.
Six Blue Bulls players have bumps and bruises but team doctor org Strauss has indicated that the complete squad will be available and ready to roll on the weekend. The six players are: Louis Fouchè (AC joint), Dewald Potgieter (AC joint), Jacques Potgieter (Stomach muscle strain), Francois Hougaard (left foot contusion), Akona Ndungane (pectoral muscle) and Flip van der Merwe (recovering from a bruised shoulder).
Allister Coetzee, Western Province coach has also called up Bolla Conradie to the squad as cover for scrumhalf, seeing as the Western Province Under 21 team also has to compete in a final of their own on the weekend.